Category Archives: Life in Switzerland

(Almost) Silent Sunday…

The trees by the harbour have been yarn-bombed with positivity:(The words you can see are listed in English at the bottom of the post.) (Cool, in love, heartfelt, happy, magnificent, optimistic, thankful, charming, heavenly, proud, recovered, fantastic, hopeful, pretty, festive, … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Spring…

We’ll be talking about 2020 for the rest of our lives – ironic, because all we really want to do is forget it ever happened and ‘get back to normal’. But Those Who Know are talking about ‘the new normal’, … Continue reading

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The Writing Life: 5 things on my desk…

Around ninety-five per cent of my writing is done at my desk. It’s not a very tidy desk, but it’s at a window overlooking a wood, so the view is spectacular in all seasons. On the photo, taken from my … Continue reading

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Coming soon – book nine. 📘 And two goodbyes…

Who was it said that writing a book is a marathon and not a sprint? Two or three years ago, an idea started jogging around in my head. A couple of news stories had been hitting the headlines, about people … Continue reading

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Technology (or not) for writers…

I’m not what you’d call technologically gifted. In fact, I’d probably have been a lot happier writing books back in the days when you did it with a quill and inky fingers. That being impractical nowadays, I’ve had to get … Continue reading

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2019 – the best of times and the worst of times… (a minimalist’s version)

2019 had its ups and downs. We won’t mention politics, but here are a few of the book- and Swiss-shaped highlights and lowlights… Best book moment: holding my first copy of Stolen Sister, published in March by the Bloodhound Books … Continue reading

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A picture post…

While I’m wrapping up my NaNoWriMo effort – I made it to 50k words this November, but more about that another time – here are a few photos I took between summer and now. Our beautiful lake, Constance, in July … Continue reading

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The last of summer…

Summer is definitely over. Down on the lake bank yesterday morning, I saw the trees are turning, and in spite of the beautiful sunshine, there was a bite in the air. Time to coorie in for autumn… But before we … Continue reading

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Summer in Switzerland – Einsiedeln and Hoch-Ybrig

It was my first visit to this area, right in the heart of Switzerland. I’d passed by Einsiedeln – best-known for its Benedictine Abbey with the black Madonna – but I’d never actually set foot in the place. It was … Continue reading

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The hottest day of the year…

I like hot weather. But 35°C and more is – whisper it – almost too much of a good thing. So a friend and I decided to spend a day up the Flumserberg, in the east of Switzerland. It’s only … Continue reading

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